- AU - BitTorrent hubs close after ISP raid +/-
(CNET News.com) The Australian music industry's antipiracy unit said that 50 file-sharing hubs were closed down following a raid on Internet service provider Swiftel Communications. Swiftel - which allegedly owns and operates computer infrastructure that hosts Web pages using BitTorrent file-sharing software - was ordered by the Federal Magistrates' Court to take down any sites containing copyright material. A survey carried out by the group's computer forensic experts revealed a dramatic reduction in the number of active file-sharing hubs.
- Creative Commons Is Rewriting Rules of Copyright +/-
(Washington Post) More than 10 million creations have been distributed using an innovative new licensing scheme called Creative Commons that some say may be better suited to the electronic age than the hands-off mind-set that has made copyright such a bad word among the digerati.
- FR - La reproduction sur CD ROM, pour un usage personnel, relève de la copie privée +/-
(FDI) Cour d'appel de Montpellier, 3ème chambre correctionnelle, 10 mars 2005. Ministère Public, Fédération nationale des distributeurs de films, Syndicat de l'édition vidéo, Warner Bros Inc. et a. c/ Aurélien D. Résumé : La reproduction sur CD ROM, pour un usage personnel, d'oeuvres protégées, téléchargées sur l'internet ou copiées, relève de la copie privée, sauf à ce qu'il en soit démontré une utilisation collective.
- SE - In Sweden, a major blow to film piracy +/-
(Reuters) The U.S. film industry hailed a raid by Swedish police against an Internet service provider as a major blow to European piracy of movies and music on the Web. The raid was carried out by at the Stockholm offices of Bahnhof, Sweden's oldest and largest ISP, which U.S. copyright protection experts have considered a haven for high-level Internet piracy for years. Bahnhof, the first major ISP raided by the Swedes without advance notice, was home to some of the biggest and fastest servers in Europe. Authorities seized four computer servers containing a total of 1,800 digital movie files, 5,000 software application files and 450,000 digital audio files, amounting to 23 terabytes of data. Authorities in Scandinavian countries had been reluctant to take such action in the past but are recently cracking down on piracy.
- SE - Sweden to introduce tougher download laws +/-
(The Local) The Swedish government has proposed changes to the country's copyright law which would make it illegal to download, as well as distribute, music and films on the internet without the copyright owner's permission.But justice minister Thomas Bodström said that the tightened law was not intended to be used against individuals downloading material for their own private use.
- US - Agence France Presse sues Google over news site +/-
(Reuters) Agence France Presse has sued Google, alleging the Web search leader includes AFP's photos, news headlines and stories on its news site without permission. The French news service is seeking damages of at least $17.5 million and an order barring Google News from displaying AFP photographs, news headlines or story leads, according to the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
- FR - L'insatisfaction des clients de FAI atteint des sommets +/-
(ZDNet France) Selon le rapport annuel de l'Afutt, les plaintes de clients contre leurs fournisseurs d'accès à internet ont explosé en 2004. L'association dénonce particulièrement «l'indigence» des services clients, incapables de résoudre les problèmes exposés. Les fournisseurs d'accès à internet savent s'y prendre pour rendre leurs clients insatisfaits. C'est ce que révèle l'Observatoire 2004 «des plaintes et insatisfactions dans le domaine des communications électroniques». Il s'agit du bilan annuel rédigé par l'Association française des utilisateurs des télécommunications (Afutt), vers qui les particuliers peuvent se tourner pour toute plainte concernant un opérateur de téléphonie fixe, mobile ou d'un FAI. voir aussi Services internet: face-à-face entre FAI et association de consommateurs
- UK - Broadband soars +/-
(UK Broadband Usergroup) The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest statistics of internet usage in the UK. Broadband connections (both xDSL and cable) increased by a massive 86.2% for the year ending January 2005. Dialup connections plummeted by 22.4% as users took advantage of the ever falling cost of broadband, and the increased availability of broadband-enabled exchanges. The government?s official statistics agency said figures, based on returns from ISPs, showed broadband now accounted for 41% of all internet connections, up from 22.5% a year ago. Overall, there was a 2% annual increase in the number of active subscriptions to the internet.
- UK - Child porn site blocks supported +/-
(BBC) UK net users would strongly back service providers if they tracked visitors to child porn websites, according to a Mori survey commissioned by net security firm StreamShield. Eighty-nine percent in the survey of 1,000 said they would support the move. 90% said they would welcome service providers voluntarily blocking access to child abuse websites.
- US - Big jump in use of Internet filters +/-
(Pew Internet & American Life Project) More than half of American families with teenagers use filters to limit access to potentially harmful online content - a 65% increase from the number of those who used filters in 2000. But big majorities of both teens and parents believe that teens do things on the internet that their parents would not approve of. See Protecting Teens Online